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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Extends HomeSync Available to More

2013-12-17 20.15.38Samsung Electronics today announced it will extend the compatibility of HomeSync to more Android devices. Through the Google Play app store, even more Android devices – including non-Samsung devices – will offer their owners the benefits of HomeSync.

HomeSync is a home hub solution that provides enough storage space to protect the whole family’s digital content. It delivers an immersive big screen TV entertainment experience, offering a new way of enjoying HDTV through a smarter Android user experience.

HomeSync provides one terabyte of private cloud storage, which is enough space to upload 10 photos every day for 82 years, or five minutes of home video for ten years. The device supports up to eight individuals with five different devices, so that a whole family can save and share images, music, videos, documents and files from any registered device. HomeSync allows the family to enjoy content through a variety of multimedia devices by syncing it to the TV using an HDMI cable, or connecting to a music player through an optical audio port.

HomeSync’s Android Media Centre offers the best of Android gaming, videos, and music, as well as the ability to flip through photos at home. In addition to this, Homesync allows the whole family to use a mobile device as a remote mouse and take advantage of the full Android experience with access to Android-based services from Samsung such as Samsung Apps, Media Hub and Video Hub, as well as Google services such as Google Play and YouTube.

HomeSync is available via Samsung Apps and Google Play. For more detailed device information and multimedia content, please visit

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Surprises as Microsoft 180 on their Xbox One DRM 180

Killer_Instinct_61114Microsoft may have done a 180 on its 180 regarding the DRM 24 hour check-in. By that, I mean that the console – during a live tournament that was being broadcast on Twitch – seemed to stop in the middle of the game to ensure that those using the console were the proper owners of the content.

FGCNN, where they were watching the stream and claim they noticed that during game users were kicked out and asking them to verify the content by checking in online. Video footage was captured, courtesy of Twitch user NYCFurby. FGCNN contacted Microsoft about the issue before running the story but they say they’ve received no response.

Worse yet it appears that the DRM check-in, as showcased in the video above, completely kicked the users out of the game. Before saving, logging anything or issuing a warning, the check-in just completely exited the user with complete and total disregard to the user activity or the content.

That’s just lovely.

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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Gigabyte Using The Tegra Note 7

Tegra-Gigabyte-Notes-7-Tablet-Finally-Goes-OfficialGigabyte are launching a new tablet based around Nvidia’s Tegra Note 7 design. During a press conference on Monday the company launched the product and it hopefully arrive in the UK soon.

“Gaming, video, and web browsing performance all come to life better and faster with the lightning-fast NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. Immersive sound, extended battery life, and Made for Tegra gaming controllers make going mobile more exciting, longer,” reads the product page.

According to the specs, the tablet features a 7-inch LED lit IPS screen at 1280 x 800 resolution and 10-point capacitive Nvidia DirectTouch. The screen is backed by a Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz, 1 GB of DDR3-1600 system memory and a 4100 mAh battery promising up to eight hours of HD video playback. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the OS of choice.

For storage, the tablet provides 16 GB internally and a microSD card slot for 32 GB of additional storage. The tablet also sports a 5MP AF HDR camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and several sensors. Other features include HDMI output, a microUSB 2.0 port, an audio jack, a front microphone, and front-facing stereo speakers with a bass reflex port that delivers 380-12 kHz frequency response.







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By December 18, 2013 Read More →

Four Tablets From Samsung For The New Year?

SamsungGalaxyTab3FamilyIf the latest rumour for Samsung is accurate, then it looks like the Korean OEM is planning on pushing out twice a many Android tablets next year. According to the latest intel, Samsung is planning to release four new Android tablets, possibly as soon as the first quarter of 2014. No specific details have been shared regarding of these tablets, but speculation is that one of the first devices we will see will be the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. We have mentioned in the past that Samsung could possibly launch a 12.2-inch version of its Galaxy Note tablet alongside a 13.3-inch Samsung tablet that will dual-boot between both Android and Windows.

Posted in: News, Tablets
By December 17, 2013 Read More →

Samsung announce a Gamepad

Samsung announce a GamepadSamsung today introduced the Samsung Mobile Console GamePad and application to improve so popular online gaming experience for Samsung Galaxy devices.

The  Samsung GamePad instantly transforms Galaxy smartphones or tablets into portable gaming console or even a home console. For its practical design and durable steel structure, the GamePad is attachable to mobile devices ranging from 4 inches to 6.3 inches, which allows users to play from anywhere. Users can also connect Galaxy devices to your TV through a HDMI cable.

The controller design is quite similar to the PlayStation controller analog sticks parallel with each other. But the GamePad is a bit smaller than a PlayStation 3 controller has a standard directional pad, two analog joysticks, four buttons and two triggers.

The press release leads us to believe that the Gamepad work with almost any Android device with Android 4.3 or higher system, but there are special services reserved for Galaxy devices. For example, the PLAY button allows users to quickly access the “Mobile Console” application to view the titles that can be purchased. Samsung says there are 35 games with the cd keys ready for launch dedicated specifically for the Gamepad.

At this time, we do not know the price of Gamepad. Currently available in selected markets in Europe and can branch to other regions in the coming weeks.

By December 17, 2013 Read More →

Steam Machine Prototype gets torn apart


There is always someone out there willing to pull apart their latest high-tech gadget. Today we see a tester, YouTube user Corey Nelson who has posted a number of Steam Machine related videos over the past 48 hours, taking the screw driver and pulling the whole thing apart.  The specifications of this machine are reported to feature a quad-core Intel i5-4570 CPU clocked up to 3.2 GHz, 16 GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 780 GPU with 3 GB of VRAM, an ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, and a Silverstone ST455F power supply.

The innards are tightly pulled together and they whole thing looks to be a high quality product with some real thought put into the layout and execution. Interestingly, there is space and connector for a second hard drive, meaning the potential of this computer/gaming system is pretty limitless.


By December 16, 2013 Read More →

Samsung announces Galaxy Core Advance

samsung-galaxy-s-advance-official-0Samsung Electronics today introduced the Galaxy Core Advance, combining the powerful Galaxy user experience with enhanced features. The Galaxy Core Advance has a premium design, sporting a large 4.7” display as well as a soft coated back cover that makes it more durable, and giving it a soft touch, making it easier and more comfortable to grip in your hand. The Galaxy Core Advance also incorporates physical keys for frequently used features and dedicated keys for voice recorder, camera, volume, menu, home and power functions.

Together with its stylish design, Galaxy Core Advance provides a connected experience with updated Bluetooth 4.0. The Galaxy Core comes equipped with GPS with GLONASS offering improved location accuracy and NFC with S Beam so you can share information such as YouTube videos, contact details and audio files with just a tap. The Galaxy Core Advance delivers a range of smart features, including S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode.

To extend the Galaxy experience to more people, the Galaxy Core Advance also has convenient usability functions and enhanced accessibility features for disabled and visually impaired users. Key features include Optical Scan which automatically recognises text from an image and reads it aloud, light sensing technology that uses the camera to sense light direction and brightness, and instant voice recorder that offers simplified access to make quick voice notes. The device is also equipped with screen curtain that means you can operate commands on a black screen to ensure privacy and saves battery life, high quality TTS (text-to-speech) functionalities and voice guided camera functions so you can take pictures by reading out the number of faces detected and their standing location.

Galaxy Core Advance will be offered in Deep Blue and Pearl White. A range of dedicated accessories will also be available separately.

UK availability will be announced in due course.


Galaxy Core Advance Specifications

  • Network – HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz (EUR)
  • Processor – Dual Core 1.2 GHz
  • Dimensions – 133.3 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm, 145g
  • Display – 4.7” WVGA TFT
  • Memory – 1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, microSD up to 64GB
  • Camera – 5MP AF + VGA
  • Battery – 2,000 mAh
  • OS – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi b/g/n/, 2.4 GHz; USB 2.0 H/S; NFC; BT 4.0; GPS + GLONASS

Features & Services
Sound & Shot, Group Play, S Translator, Easy Mode, S Voice, S Beam, Instant Voice Recorder,  Voice Guidance (TTS, Voice Guided Camera, Text Reader), FM Radio

Posted in: News, Phones
By December 15, 2013 Read More →

Windows 8.1 and the Onscreen buttons of Blue

Screenshot 2013-12-14 19.18.17Renowned leakster @evleaks has shared a part of a screenshot from Windows Phone 8.1 on Twitter. The image shows on-screen touch navigation buttons. This the three-button collection of Back, Windows and Search keys very like what you might see on the more recent incarnations of Androids. @evleaks‘ tweet suggests Microsoft is going to remove the need for hardware buttons and diversify the interaction on Windows Phone devices giving OEMs the choice between hardware and virtual buttons.

Can you think of any pro’s and con’s? Hardware buttons have their limits, also they have their merits. Android devices have shown us in the past that hardware buttons can be rejigged to suit a certain hardware manufacturers’ needs and that on screen buttons can sometime be intrusive or unresponsive. However you look at it Microsoft are following suit and with luck it might be a bit of a bonus.

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By December 14, 2013 Read More →

Dell getting in on the Chromebook frenzy

wpid-dell-chromebook-11-1.jpegLooks like Dell is planning to release a Chrome OS devices. We have hard this before as they had considered it back in 2009, but then nothing came of it. Dell has now announced the Chromebook 11 and it is looking like a great option for those looking to get a Chromebook soon. The Dell Chromebook 11 has fairly typical specifications and comes with a large focus on education.

Dell Chromebook 11 specifications

  • 11.6-inch 1366x768p display
  • Intel Celeron 2955U processor
  • 16 GB Solid State drive
  • 4 or 2 GB of DDR3 RAM (depending on the model)
  • 720p webcam
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port
  • 10 hours of battery life

Dell’s Chrome OS computer comes with some powerful specs, so it will definitely be one of the top options in your lists. The promise of 10-hour battery life is certainly exciting, and paired with those specs this computer should run very smoothly!

Price and Availability

The laptop will be released in Q1, 2014 Stateside. Dell state it will cost you “under $300″. Which probably means it will cost $299 or so, for the higher-end model. Whether that is dollar for pound is anyone’s guess at the moment! My guess is probably.

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By December 14, 2013 Read More →

SteamOS is out there, now!

steamos,9-U-402114-3Earlier this year Steam announced they would be releasing a dedicated operating, based on Linux, for the ultimate gaming experience. Hardware could be made to run of OS, more like an Xbox or Playstation, however those with PCs would also be able to access the OS, in a dual boot mode with Windows to gain access to their gaming collection.

The main plus point is to eliminate slow down that might be due to Windows running in the back ground. A more refined operating system designed to give the best performance for you gaming experience. Also help with some of the attitude Microsoft is adopting towards the gaming platform. SteamOS is now available for download in a limited beta format.

SteamOS Download links:

According to the FAQ, SteamOS is a fork of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called ‘Alchemist’ and it is based on the Debian ‘wheezy’ (stable 7.1) distribution. Here are the system requirements:

  • Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
  • 4 GB or more memory
  • 500 GB or larger disk
  • Nvidia graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

Currently SteamOS is in beta, so those without Linux knowledge may want to wait until next year for a more polished version. Reports are coming in that the downloads are failing, and Steam have recommended using some form of download manager. If you want to wait for the final hardware, we’ll see it all in January at CES.

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